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Police search for missing schoolgirl, 15, last seen wearing pyjamas in McDonald's nearly two weeks ago

Ellen Manning
·2-min read

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Sophie Francis went missing 11 days ago. (Merseyside Police)

Police are searching for a missing 15-year-old girl who was last seen at a McDonald's wearing pyjamas nearly two weeks ago. 

The last confirmed sighting of Sophie Francis, from Knowsley, Merseyside, was on February 25 in Newsham Park, followed by an unconfirmed sighting of her at McDonald's in Kensington on Tuesday, March 2.

When last seen, she was wearing pyjamas, white socks, black and white trainers, and a black and red coat with fur around the hood, Merseyside Police said.

The force urged people to share its missing persons appeal and help find the teenager. 

The changing face of the high street. Shoppers walk through Huyton Village Shops, in Knowsley, Merseyside, many of which are closed, some six months on from the evening of March 23 when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced nationwide restrictions.
Sophie Francis is from Knowsley, Merseyside. (Stock image: Getty)

Sophie is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, of slim build, with shoulder length straight dark hair, blue eyes, and speaks with a Liverpool accent.

She is known to frequent areas of Halewood, Kirkby and Kensington, police said.

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In its appeal, the force encouraged anyone with any information or who had seen Sophie to pass it on via a form: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/ro/report/mp/v2/report-sighting-of-missing-person-form/ or contact the force via Twitter, Facebook or 101. 

The appeal for Sophie's whereabouts comes amid heightened concerns over women's safety following the disappearance of Sarah Everard in London.

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Serving Metropolitan Police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with kidnapping and murdering the 33-year-old.

On Saturday night hundreds of people gathered in south London to pay tribute to Everard despite the planned vigil's cancellation.

Angry scenes erupted as police tried to force people to go home, with officers seen grabbing several women and leading them away in handcuffs.

The Metropolitan Police later said four people were arrested for public order and coronavirus regulation breaches.

Their handling of the vigil has sparked a backlash with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick facing calls to resign. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel and London mayor Sadiq Khan have called for an independent investigation into the force's actions at the vigil.

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